Dried mushrooms don’t have a pleasant flavor, so they’re often combined with herbs and brewed as a tea or, more popularly, mixed into a chocolate bar or truffles for a more palatable experience.
Chocolate and magic mushrooms have a long and intertwined history.
The cacao plant itself, Theobroma cacao, has long been considered a sacred food . Its active ingredient, theobromine, enhances the production of ‘feel-good’ chemicals like serotonin and dopamine in the brain, which is why consuming chocolate is so uplifting and energizing.
The Aztecs believed that cacao was a gift from the gods. They would brew the cacao beans into a bitter drink known as ‘xocolatl’ for religious ceremonies and celebrating vicarious warriors.
Most chocolate bars on the shelves have very little cacao — most of it consists of highly processed sugar. Some mushroom chocolate bars on the market are only that — psilocybin mushrooms blended in with highly processed chocolate.
While these make for a tasty trip, you won’t be getting the most out of this combination.
If you’re looking to make the most of chocolate mushrooms, especially when it comes to a more spiritual experience, souring high-quality cacao is key.
In the United States, psilocybin mushrooms are still considered a Schedule I drug—so purchase and use them at your own risk.